Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René | Brouwerij Lindemans

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Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée RenéLindemans Gueuze Cuvée René
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Lindemans
Belgium
lindemans.be

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,116
Reviews:
902
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11%
 
 
Wants:
132
Gots:
306
For Trade:
12
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Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first experience with Gueuze, so I didn't really know what to expect (other than this beer style is sour). This version of Cuvee Rene is Oude Geuze, which refers to the more traditional way to brew Gueuze.

Uncorking the bottle a strong funky smell comes from the bottle, almost like bleu cheese. Initial taste is somewhat sour, but more so I could taste lemon and pineapple. Feel is very light, heavily carbonated, but has a clean finish. No hops taste whatsoever, which is something defintely missed, I thought a larger hops presence could help balance this beer out much better. I almost passed this beer by when going to my favorite liquor store, since it appears to be a bottle of champagne.

Ironically, that is exactly what I think of this beer, it has a feel very similiar to champagne of all things.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 1 finger head upon pour. A brilliant slightly hazy light golden color. Head dissipates a bit, but lacing and foam are replenished throughout.
Smell: Slight malt/biscuit, but mostly soured white grape and hints of vinegar.
Taste: Dry sourness right up front. Slight funk and fruit. Some grape and slight cherry soured fruit flavor. Some earthiness. Surprisingly dry. Great Belgian yeast flavors.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel. A bit active on the carbonation side, but not much.
Overall: Good Gueze/Lambic. A bit more dry than I really like, but definitely enjoyed. There more than just sour here. Some fruit flavors and Belgian yeast make this one pretty interesting. Light and malty otherwise.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bartender uncorks the 37cL bottle and I am instantly transported back to the back alleys of Brussels and the lanes of Flanders. The waiter pours the bright orange beer into a lambic glass and carbonation takes over, spinning spells inside the glass, upwards to a solid off-white head of one finger that somehow stayed consistently throughout the whole drink. I take a sip and my nose is filled with the sour smell of unripe fruit. A sweet yeasty kick on the tongue distracts me from the fact that I'm in China for a fleeting sweet second, and then it gives way to hone-covered fruit. This isn't Belgium, but this beer sure is. Each sour sip is better than the last - mostly sour sugar on top of apples and pears. Not sickly sweet, but just enough to be drinkable. Lemon juice underneath. A second pour - cloudy this time from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. It is more sour now with some grapefruit and more green apple. Eye twitchingly sour this time around and just a bit cloying, just in time for the sticky last sip to go down. Good one, if eventually a bit much, just like this review.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful orange with a substantial fluffy white head. Tons of carbonation makes this look and feel like a dry champagne. Aromas and flavors have a complex Brett character that is balanced between pineapple fruitiness and the funky side. Delicious and complex.

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Photo of Foley67
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bunman3
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very pretty amble-orange body with exceptionally rich white head. The was some funk smell on the cork but not once it was poured, just malt & sour cherries. I was looking forward to trying this but was disappointed. There is not much flavor. A hint of sour, hint of malt & yeast, not much more. Has a water aftertaste. Good carbonation. I am being critical but at this price range, I expected more.

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Photo of evsistr
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: golden and wonderfully bright. Head is spritzy with tiny bubbles that fade quickly.

Aroma: barnyard funk, which is backed by sweet malt. The funk and malt bear a strong resemblance to left-out-overnight malt liquor. This beer’s funk is much more in line with “barnyard” than other funk descriptors. The lacto comes through only minimally; the aroma by itself wouldn’t indicate this beer to be sour.

Flavor: the aroma carries through to the flavor – barnyard funk and sweet malt. Without the sour to balance the malt, this beer would be too sweet. This beer’s funk is quite different than all of the US wild ales’. The oft-used “horse blanket” fits this beer accurately.

Mouthfeel: light-medium, but a tad bit heavier than expected given the low(er) alcohol and the beer’s acidity. The body is light enough that a 750 ml is easily a solo effort to drink.

Overall: enjoyable and a good value: $10 / 750ml. Better sours exist regardless of the specific style. I would opt for other Lindemans before I purchased this one again.

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Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

37cl bottle. Clear orange with a tall white head with poor retention. Smells funky, with notes of vinegar, barnyard, lemon zest, white grapes. The taste follows the same notes, with additional notes of apple cider, unripe apricots and champagne. Light bodied with a high carbonation and a sour and refreshing aftertaste.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tertullian007
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aisha
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LocusSolus
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mynie
4.84/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a non-descript pint glass, cus that's how Michael Jackson did it. It's a very lovely, hazy yellow with a fearsome head.

Smells wonderful. Medium skunky, like a good saison, only loaded with tart yeast that is very distinctly Lindemans. Good "horseblanket" aroma from the brett, balanced against floral nodes and light skunk. This is, I believe, what most American brewers are *trying* to do when they make a brett saison, only here the yeast profile is simply unbeatable.

Tastes, thank god, like it smells. A dry tartness that never gets puckering, and a fantastic complexity that never becomes overwhelming. Sour-sweet up front, moving into a middle that's grassy, musty, and tart. The finish is bone dry, with only some light floral weediness remaining.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had Cuvée René, my first Belgian (real) Gueuze, poured from 25.4-oz. bottle, label stamped bottled on "L BG010GC," apparently meaning July 1, 2015, into a tulip. Amazing complexity after only one year, which calls for cellaring another bottle.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevenw7474
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvée René from Brouwerij Lindemans
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,116 ratings.
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